2 June

'Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch.' President Franklin Roosevelt

June 2, 2009 · 1 min read

It was on this day in 1936 that General Anastasio Somoza, the head of the US Marine-trained National Guard, led an armed rebellion against Nicaragua’s elected President, Juan Bautista Sacasa.

It was the beginning of 45 years of political power by the Somoza family – either directly or through a series of puppet presidents until his son, Anastasio Somoza Debayle was overthrown in 1979 by the Sandinistas.


The Socialist Olympics of 1936

Radical workers’ sporting organisations and the 1936 People’s Olympiad illustrate the role of sport in fighting oppression, writes Uma Arruga i López.

Review – You’re History: The Twelve Strangest Women in Music

Lesley Chow argues for a new kind of music criticism that re-evaluates women musicians and "meaningless" music, writes Rhian E Jones

Lying through their legacy-speak

Olympic ‘legacy’ has greased the path for enormous, upward transfer of wealth to the global propertied classes, writes Jules Boykoff


SWexit: What are exit schemes for sex workers missing?

If earning money is a fundamental reason for entering the sex industry, it is also essential to leaving it, writes Marin Scarlett.

Failure to deliver

Major financial institutions have cited Deliveroo’s employment practices for its disastrous public share launch. Alice Martin and Tom Powdrill look at what went wrong and what it might mean for workers’ rights

Power on the picket line: remembering the Burnsall Strike

Almost 30 years on, Sarbjit Johal recalls supporting the strike, which consisted of mostly Punjabi women workers

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